Spooktacular was a spectacular event according to Mammoth Spring Chamber members at the Nov. 12 meeting at Fred's Fish House.
According to Chamber treasurer Stephanie Pierce, the chamber was able to raise $320.40 from the event. Businesses along Main Street were also able to raise some money.
Pierce said she was stepping down from chairing the event and the chamber would have to find another chairperson for next year's Spooktacular. Lee Davis and Renee Arnold volunteered for the position.
Jennifer Crowe reported on the Mammoth Spring Food Pantry. October's food distribution day at the food pantry saw about 46 families come in for food bags. Crowe said the pantry had about 15 new families show up. The North Arkansas Electric Cooperative also donated a $200 check and boxes of food to the food pantry. Crowe also said a donation box has been set up at Simmon's Bank for anyone who would like to donate non-perishable food items to the food pantry. For November's food distribution, Crowe said she plans on giving each family that comes in their choice of turkey or ham so they can celebrate Thanksgiving.
Holiday House Tour tickets are on sale at chamber businesses. The Holiday House Tour is a joint chamber event sponsored by the Mammoth Spring and Thayer chambers. Three houses from each town will be on tour. Tickets are $6 for a tour in one town and $10 for both towns. Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the time of the tour. At 5 p.m., all visitors are encouraged to meet at the Old Episcopal Church on Main Street in Mammoth Spring for refreshments.
Dave Jackson, with the Mammoth Spring State Park, gave a report on the Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 12 and the lineup will be at the school. Jackson said they are planning on reversing the route of the parade for this year. Float winners will get a cash prize and a ribbon. First place will receive $150, second place $100 and third place $50. Jackson said he is looking at area banks to contribute part of the prize money.
The chamber approved the appointment of the Mammoth Spring Garden Club as grand marshalls for the parade and approved allowing $100 of chamber money for part of the parade.
Chamber President Glynda Pryor said, "Doggie-Daze went well. We had about 16 or 17 entries, and there were entries in all divisions."
Steven Russell announced that Ozark Gateway ads will have about two pages of advertisements this year from the chamber. Although not as much as last year, Russell said the chamber will still be able to make a profit.
In new business, the chamber agreed to leave member dues at $25.
The chamber also voted on new chamber officers for the 2010 year. Steve Russell is now chamber president. Glynda Pryor is now vice-president. Jean Pace is secretary, and Jennifer Crowe is now the treasurer.
The chamber had a guest speaker at the meeting. Scott Sudduth, CMP, Welcome to Arkansas Program coordinator spoke of tourism in Arkansas and how Arkansas can better accommodate tourists. Sudduth said a large amount of money that comes to the state comes from tourism. In surveying tourists in Arkansas, it was found that many of Arkansas' front line persons, such as gas station or hotel clerks, didn't know much about what their area had to offer.
The Welcome to Arkansas Program is designed to instruct area chambers, businesses and front line people in how to sell their area and point tourists to places of interest.
"We take for granted the things in our own back yard," Sudduth said. "We have all sorts of treasures."
Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce meetings are the second Thursday of every month at noon. The next chamber meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Simmon's Bank Community Room. Lunch will be provided. All those interested are welcome to attend.